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Re: Future Perl development

Richard Foley
February 3, 2007 11:25
Re: Future Perl development
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On Saturday 03 February 2007 16:38, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> A large amount of the non-feedback we don't get is because it already works;
> it already compiles and builds on most any platform you throw it at.
Perl 5 is so stable it's funny.

> > We can not do that without breaking the current perl.
> This I feel is dangerous.
It's not just dangerous, it'd be suicide!

> > My proposal to get this:
> > We start with the current bleadperl. We remove some ugly
> > things and add new ugly things. After a few months we call it perl7.
Personally, and I realise this marks me out as a radical non-conformist, I'd 
like to see a perl7, if only because perl6 seems such an unattainable 
exercise.  I also believe that perl6 has seriously undermined perl's 
reputation in the greater programming world, even to the detriment of perl5.  
However, breaking perl5, for the sake of a quick hack, would be plain daft.  
By all means start a perl7, a perl8, a perl-10-and-a-half-weeks, etc., but 
don't touch perl5 with a barge-pole.

Just my 4-penn'th.

Richard Foley
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